Harry Shortway is the Mayor of Vernon Township, in Sussex County. Shortway, a Republican, in 2016 stabbed fellow-Republican Scott Garrett in the back and endorsed Democrat Josh Gottheimer for Congress. Gottheimer was running on a ticket headed by Hillary Clinton.
Ever since, Harry Shortway has allowed Democrat Congressman Gottheimer to use Vernon as a foothold in Republican Sussex County and a source of endless media publicity. The New Jersey Herald ran another photo of Gottheimer in Vernon less than a week ago.
Harry Shortway's father -- also named Harry Shortway -- is the Mayor of Midland Park, in Bergen County. Harry was a retired police officer when he was hired by Michael Saudino to be a Bergen County Undersheriff.
Later this month, the Shortway family is hosting an event for candidate John McCann, at the family business -- Shortway's Barn, in Hawthorne.
Many see McCann as a Democrat straw man. The Bergen Record has identified McCann as the "right hand man" to Democrat Sheriff Michael Saudino. It was Saudino's feud with the Republican County Executive that undermined and ultimately lost Republicans control of Bergen County. The coup de grace came when Saudino, a one-time Republican, joined Hillary Clinton and Josh Gottheimer on a ticket that crushed Republicans in Bergen County. McCann remained Saudino's consigliore through all of this and ran for Congress (as a Republican) with Saudino's blessing and while still on the Democrat's payroll.
Sheriff Saudino has formally endorsed fellow Democrat Josh Gottheimer for re-election this year. All this meddling in the Republican primary has the Democrats resembling the Russians.